contrabass

contrabass

[kon-truh-beys] Music.
noun
1.
(in any family of instruments) the member below the bass.
2.
(in the violin family) the double bass.
adjective
3.
of, pertaining to, or characteristic of such instruments: a contrabass trombone.

Origin:
1590–1600; < Italian; see contrabasso

contrabassist [kon-truh-bey-sist, -bas-ist] , noun
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contrabass (ˌkɒntrəˈbeɪs)
 
n
1.  a member of any of various families of musical instruments that is lower in pitch than the bass
2.  another name for double bass
 
adj
3.  of or denoting the instrument of a family that is lower than the bass
 
contrabassist
 
n

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